While looking at baby pictures, Jake Bear has just one question. Did Mama Bear love him before his cleft lip was repaired? Or does she love him now?
Mama Bear's response will help assure children growing up with a repaired cleft that they are loved now, were loved then, and will be loved always.
Available at CreateSpace.com, a branch of Amazon.com I Love You Now, I Loved You Then
In 1888 Kansas City, Missouri, twelve-year-old Jocey Royal, who has a cleft lip, no longer goes to school. Jocey believes that she will never have a friend, that others will always chase and make fun of her, as they did at school before she quit.
Since her mother died and her father became a drifter, Jocey has lived with her grandmother, a washerwoman. When she’s not helping Gram with laundry, she fills her lonely life with books and dreams. Mostly she dreams of Kansas and the farm her father abandoned there. On the farm, she could live in isolation—free from torment. Eventually she persuades Gram to go with her to Kansas.
Life on the farm is not, however, what Jocey expected. Hard work was no surprise. But there are neighbors and traveling salesmen who cannot be avoided. Then there’s Gram, who seems determined to be sickly. Jocey wonders if she made a terrible mistake, until she discovers that any girl can have friends, if she will open herself to others. And maybe even her cleft lip can be helped.
Available from Texas Tech University Press.
Before the Lark, by Irene Bennett Brown...........................$18.95
Katie wishes to play the flute, but discovers that because of her cleft lip and palate, it is more challenging than she had hoped. With the help of her friend, Fay, Katie visits other children around the world who play different musical instruments, and who also have cleft lips and palates. She decides to learn how to play a different instrument for now until her palate is fully repaired and she can try the flute again.
Available from the author's family.